[ noo-roh-sis, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈroʊ sɪs, nyʊ- /
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noun, plural neu·ro·ses [noo-roh-seez, nyoo-]. /nʊˈroʊ siz, nyʊ-/. Psychiatry.
Also called psychoneurosis. a functional disorder in which feelings of anxiety, obsessional thoughts, compulsive acts, and physical complaints without objective evidence of disease, in various degrees and patterns, dominate the personality.
a relatively mild personality disorder typified by excessive anxiety or indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment.
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Origin of neurosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1770–80; see origin at neur-, -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for neurosis

/ (njʊˈrəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)
a relatively mild mental disorder, characterized by symptoms such as hysteria, anxiety, depression, or obsessive behaviourAlso called: psychoneurosis
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Scientific definitions for neurosis

[ nu-rōsĭs ]

A psychological state characterized by excessive anxiety or insecurity without evidence of neurologic or other organic disease, sometimes accompanied by defensive or immature behaviors. This term is no longer used in psychiatric diagnosis.
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Cultural definitions for neurosis

[ (noo-roh-sis, nyoo-roh-sis) ]

A mental disorder marked by anxiety or fear. Neurosis is less severe than psychosis. (See also angst, hysteria, and phobia.)

notes for neurosis

In popular usage, a “neurotic” is anyone who worries a lot.
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